The Department of Art welcomes Alexis Jackson, recipient of the 2015 Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award, for her exhibition Sign of the Diaspora on view from January 12 through February 3. An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, January 12, from 4 to 6 pm in the Space 204 Gallery at the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center.
Sign of the Diaspora is an installation in exploration of identity. Textiles and wax prints purchased from vendors of diverse nationalities in South Africa serve as a manifestation of dialogue between the artist and people of the African diaspora of various nationalities and backgrounds during her travels and time spent in New York’s diverse neighborhoods. As a descendant of African slaves, this installation is intended to piece together pieces of the artists’ own identity.
Jackson graduated from Vanderbilt with a double major in studio art and English. Her senior show piece, 1,437,201,654 Black Lives, served as a visual example of how capitalism, patriarchy and heteronormativity impact black lives.
Since relocating to New York City, Jackson has worked closely with other activists and artists while studying nonviolent protest, civil disobedience, intersectionality and movement leadership. She participated in the New York Arts Practicum, an arts institute in which participants learn experientially to bridge their lives as art students to lives as artists in the world. She also spent time traveling to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Jackson plans to continue her involvement in the thriving arts culture in her Harlem community.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. Space 204 is located at 25th Avenue South and Garland Avenue in the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Art Center on the Vanderbilt campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. On street parking is available along Garland Avenue and in the nearby parking lots.
For more information, contact the Vanderbilt Department of Art at 615-343-7241 or visit www.vanderbilt.edu/arts.